The Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has described the country’s new round of negotiations with the agency as “constructive,” Press TV reports.
“We had about eight hours of intensive discussions. The meeting was in a constructive environment… we mostly tried to bridge the gaps because there are some differences in the structure, approach, or modality for resolving the issues,” Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh said in an interview with Press TV on Friday.
The Iranian envoy and IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards Herman Nackaerts headed the delegations at the one-day meeting, which was held in Vienna on Friday.
“We had… progress… but of course there are still some points that have to be worked out at a later stage,” Soltanieh said.
“These are issues regarding allegations [against Iran], which we have in many cases proved that they are baseless and with political motivations,” he added.
He also noted that Iran is “on the right track” and that “normal activities of Iran with the agency and [the IAEA’s] normal inspection [of the country’s nuclear facilities] is continuing without any difficulty.”
The IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran's civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.
Soltanieh added that “these allegations will be dealt with in a professional and technical manner.”
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the IAEA announced that the meeting would focus on "further discussions on a structured approach to resolve outstanding issues” of Iran's nuclear energy program.
The previous round of talks between Tehran and the IAEA was held in Vienna on June 8.
The United States, Israel, and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program and have used the false charge as a pretext to push for the imposition of sanctions on Iran and to call for an attack on the country.
Iran argues that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology meant for peaceful purposes.